The Los Angeles Angels should have reigning AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani back from injury and in the lineup on Wednesday when the Halos close their series against the Detroit Tigers as slight MLB betting favorites.
How to Bet Angels vs Tigers MLB Betting Lines & Game Info
HE’S BAAAAACK. #ShoTime— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) 7 de mayo de 2019
- When: Wednesday, 7:10 PM ET
- Where: Comerica Park
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Tyler Skaggs/Matthew Boyd
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: WSGW
- MLB Betting Lines: Detroit Tigers -125 (Total 8)
Why Bet on LA Angels?
Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, Shohei Ohtani, was set to meet up with the Angels in Detroit on Tuesday and could have been activated off the injured list. If he wasn’t Tuesday, he likely will be Wednesday. Ohtani has logged over 50 plate appearances in simulated action and is just about ready to rejoin the Angels as their primary designated hitter.
He’s not going to pitch at all in 2019 as he continues his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery — and he figures to get regular days off from hitting as well occasionally for various rehab and treatment needs. Ohtani could approach 500 plate appearances over the rest of the season if he serves as the everyday designated hitter, with only occasional days off, as Manager Brad Ausmus has suggested. Ohtani slashed .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 59 runs scored over 367 plate appearances as a rookie in 2018.
Albert Pujols was on the verge of entering the 2,000 RBI club as of Tuesday. Only four other players have recorded 2,000 RBIs, and only two of them since the statistic became official in 1920. The all-time leader is Hank Aaron, with 2,297. The 2,000-RBI plateau has actually been reached fewer times than the 600-homer or 3,000-hit marks that Pujols passed in recent years. Pujols has driven himself in 636 times, with his homers accounting for nearly one-third of his RBIs. He’s also ninth on the all-time doubles list with 645.
It’s lefty Tyler Skaggs (3-2, 3.12) on the mound. Skaggs picked up the win against the Blue Jays on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on four hits over six innings, striking out five and walking three in a 6-2 victory for the Angels. The left-hander logged a quality start and fanned five Blue Jays on his way to his third win in five starts to begin the year.
Skaggs has been solid since missing two weeks with an ankle sprain, allowing two runs and striking out 10 over his last 11 innings.
- Runs: 4.66
- Hits: 7.97
- Walks: 3.69
- Strike Outs: 5.80
- Runs: 5.03
- Hits: 8.43
- Walks: 3.71
- Strike Outs: 8.43
Why Bet on Detroit?
Detroit went 3-4 vs. the Angels last season, including a 3-1 record at Comerica Park. The Tigers have not won a season series vs. the Angels since 2010 and have lost 31 of their last 43 games vs. Los Angeles (AL) (.279 since September 2012), their worst winning percentage vs. any team in that time frame.
Detroit remains without second baseman Josh Harrison, outfielder Christin Stewart, and reliever Blaine Hardy. Hardy (forearm) began a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. He’ll pitch in a couple of games with High-A Lakeland before potentially rejoining the Tigers’ bullpen next weekend. The 32-year-old southpaw owns a 6.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio through his first 12 innings on the season.
An MRI on Harrison’s left shoulder turned up clean. Harrison also underwent X-rays that showed no major damage, confirming the original diagnosis of a contusion. The second baseman should be able to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible later this week. Stewart has been on the injured list with a right quad strain since April 18. He should be back with the Tigers by the middle of May if there are no setbacks.
Boyd (3-2) picked up the win Friday over the Royals, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk across seven innings. He struck out nine. Outside of the fourth inning — during which Boyd allowed both runs to score — the southpaw didn’t allow a baserunner to reach second base. Boyd has now registered six consecutive quality starts, posting a 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 47:10 K: BB in 39.1 innings during that stretch.
Boyd has tossed quality starts in his last six outings. He leads MLB pitchers in Wins Above Replacement as well as Fielding Independent Pitching.
- Runs: 3.47
- Hits: 7.75
- Walks: 3.22
- Strike Outs: 10.06
- Runs: 4.59
- Hits: 8.47
- Walks: 3.47
- Strike Outs: 8.56
Angels vs Tigers MLB Betting Trends
- Angels are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- Angels are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Detroit
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Angels’ last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- Tigers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the American League
- Tigers are 4-1 in Boyd’s last 5 Wednesday starts
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games at home
Expert Final Score Prediction for Angels vs Tigers
LA Angels 3 – Detroit Tigers 4